|I had a Chieftain AVLB by an unkown
manufacturer that was of abysmal quality. I also had a GHQ
Chieftain with a mangled turret, so I decided to combine the two.
The GHQ Chieftain had its drivers hatch shaved off and replaced by a brass hatch from a 1/144 scale armor kit. The turret ring was filled with a piece of sheet plastic and a brace was built for the back out of I-beam plastic. I shaved off the bridge mount from the bad AVLB and mounted it on the GHQ version.
The bridge (a number 8 tank bridge, I believe) lacked detail, so I etched grooves on its treadways (is that hte right word?) and mark crosses on the ends. I also removed much of the original detail (such as some big hooks) that seemed to just be there to hold it together.
|Once complete, I primed it Tamiya Fine Surface Primer and base coated it in Polly S British Brown Drab (which is actually fairly greenish) and applied a camo pattern in Tamiya NATO Black. I washed it with a 1:10 dirty black wash, highlighted it with old concrete, painted the details and drybrushed earth. The model was sealed with Testors Flat Finish spray.|